Any wrestling fan who has been paying attention during the last couple of weeks knows that Randy Orton isn’t a fan of the independent scene, and he’s made a number of enemies within the industry. After ripping indie wrestling, a number of past WWE superstars and other wrestlers have defended the scene and spouted off against Orton. Well, the current WWE Champion now has an ally, and it is his former Evolution stablemate, Batista.
For those who aren’t familiar with what has been going on lately, Randy Orton tweeted out a critique of the current independent wrestling scene. It was originally thought to be written by former NWA/WCW Rip Rogers, but it was actually written a Canadian indie talent named Daniel “D-Man” Parker, per Wrestling Inc.
— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) May 13, 2017
Immediately after retweeting it, Orton started getting a number of wrestlers tweeting back at him and so did Rogers. Bully Ray/Bubba Ray Dudley, CM Punk, the Young Bucks, Will Ospreay, and many others spoke out against Orton, but now, the WWE Champion has an ally.
Former world champion Batista joined the fray and didn’t really say a whole lot about the situation, but he did pick a side.
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) May 15, 2017
This is really the first true support that Randy Orton has received during this whole thing, and Batista has said the least of anyone involved. Richocet talked about just loving wrestling and how there are all kinds. CM Punk responded to his tweet by saying others will “always try to project their own insecurities on you.”
As all of this continues to bring in more and more opinions, the two at the heart of the matter are Randy Orton and Bully Ray. The two superstars have never really liked one another, and it all stems from an incident that happened a long time ago, as Bully Ray told Busted Open Radio.
“About 15 years ago there was a live event, a house show match, between me and D-Von and Randy Orton and Batista. It was just one of those matches that did not go the right way…I wound up hurting my back, Randy wound up hurting his leg and his shoulder, Dave wound up hurting his tricep. It was just one of those nights. But those guys held a little bit of a grudge from that night, and it went on for a long, long, long time.”
Obviously, the two superstars don’t like one another, and they are still going after each other even though Bully Ray is no longer both under WWE’s roof.
Batista is no longer under Vince McMahon’s roof either, as he is off starring in a number of films and currently has the number one movie in the world in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Still, he pays attention to everything that is going on with his former employer, and in this case, he is standing by his friend.
This will be an argument that goes on for as long as wrestling exists in the world. There will be those who love independent wrestling. There will be fans who love the wrestling from bigger promotions such as WWE and TNA Impact Wrestling.
Then there will be people like Ricochet.
I just love wrestling, every type. Wish more people were this way. It’s an amazing art that I’ve been blessed to make a living from.
— King Ricochet (@KingRicochet) May 15, 2017
Right now, Randy Orton is on top of his game, and at the top of the company, as he is on SmackDown Live and the WWE Champion. He is not backing down from the comments he made about independent wrestling, and now, he has someone on his side in Batista, another former world champion. Bully Ray, the Young Bucks, CM Punk, and many others will continue the fight for the indie scene, but there will always be those for it and those against it.
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